AOGS v RNGS at Piltdown, 10 October 2018


John Saville & Nigel Bartlett
Doc Watson & Donald McCutchan
Ian Griffiths & Frank Ham
Charles Batty & Keith Mitchelson
Keith Chaundy & Neville Goulton

The fixture against the Royal Navy Golf Society was played on Wednesday 10 October at Piltdown Golf Club. The fixture, having missed a year, is now under the stewardship of Don McCutchan for AOGS alongside Nigel Manger (Piltdown Member) of the RNGS.

The weather on the day was warm and sunny, an unseasonable 25 degrees. The course was in magnificent condition having recovered well from the long, dry summer. The Army Officers won the first skirmish of the day, the ‘Battle of the A272’ – the traffic issues meant there was some shuffling of the batting order, but all was well in the end.

With the local traffic difficulties and some having long distances to travel, it was decided to call the match at lunchtime – some choosing to play fewer holes in the afternoon. Our host, Nigel, was apologetic for having chosen an autumnal menu and not having anticipated the warm weather but the fabulous ham & leek pie followed by bread and butter pudding with both ice-cream and custard (other choices we available) was superb.

The morning foursomes were closely fought with many matches unresolved until the 18th, however, the Army Officers prevailed once again with the final result being 3½ to 1½ in favour of AOGS.

This was the first time that many of us had both played in the fixture and, at the venue. The course, catering and company were all excellent and the staff were warm and welcoming. I would highly commend this fixture.

The match had ‘lost its slot’ on the West Sussex calendar so Piltdown was chosen as potentially, a temporary arrangement, but it was unanimously agreed by all that the fixture should return to Piltdown next year and at £65 for two rounds, a bacon roll, and an excellent lunch was terrific value.